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The Festivities of Our Lady of the Rosary of Troia, an event organized with the support of the municipality of Setúbal, take place between the 4th and 9th of August, with adjustments to the traditional program, in compliance with the safety regulations in force against the pandemic crisis.
The traditional festivities that link the two banks of the Sado, organized by the festival committee, are back, in an adapted model, with the events to be held in compliance with the rules of physical distance, use of masks and hand hygiene.
A river candle, away from the city’s riverfront, and two automobile processes through the streets of Setubal are some of the initiatives that make up the 2021 program. So that the safety of the population is not compromised, the permanence of vessels in the Caldeira is not permitted and only religious ceremonies are held, with a limited number of participants depending on the available places.
The festivities of Our Lady of the Rosary of Troia, one of the oldest popular festivities in the municipality of Setubal and with a very strong tradition in the local fishing community, include a triduum in honor of the patron saint, on the 4th, 5th and 6th, at 9 pm, in the Church of San Sebastian.
On the 7th, at 3:00 pm, in the Lota premises, specifically in sales space no. 2, the mass is held for the soul of the Deceased Seafarers and, at 4:00 pm, the river candle carries the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Troia between Caldeira, on the Troia Peninsula, and Setúbal.
An hour later, at 5 pm, the image of the patron saint of local fishermen is transported by car, in a process that goes through several streets of Faralhão.
The third day of commemoration, August 8th, includes a new mass in honor of the missing seafarers, starting at 10:30 am, again in the sales space #2 of Lota.
On the 9th, the end of the festivities, there is a mass, at 10:00 am, at the Church of S. Sebastião.
The fluvial taper returning to Setúbal of the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Troia departs from the Caldeira at 3:00 pm and passes only through the center of the river, in order to avoid the crowding of thousands of people that usually occur on the city’s riverfront to watch the pilgrimage.
From 5:30 pm, the car caravan that transports the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Troy travels again through the streets of the county.
The festivities, organized with the support of the Parish Council of San Sebastian and the Union of Parishes of Setubal, take place annually for about one hundred years, but the first records, in Caldeira de Troia, date back to about five hundred years.
The adoration of Our Lady of the Rosary of Troia has its origins in a legend in which a group of fishermen, during a period of distress during a storm, managed to stay safe by finding shelter in the Caldeira. There, they discovered an image of wood on the shore, allegedly coming from a foreign vessel, which made them believe they were saved by it.